June 23, 2017

When Do Burglaries Occur?

Our apartment complex has been experiencing an increase in burglaries.  One resident even reported getting home and finding the intruder, who then escaped out of the second floor balcony.   Because it is happening right where I live, I thought it might be a good time to take a look at when most burglaries occur. When Do Burglaries Occur? Written by Matthew Wilson According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 18 seconds in the U.S., adding up to nearly […]

Money Mondays: This Book will Help you Fix your Money Issues: Your Playbook For Tough Times, Vol. 2

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was excited to learn Donna Freedman has released Your Playbook for Tough Times, Vol. 2:  Needs and Wants Edition.  I reviewed Vol. 1 and it was full of actionable tips. The author Donna Freedman is an award winning personal finance expert who has lived through hard financial times herself.  I’ve been reading and taking notes from her money tips since she wrote for MSN Money when she was attending college, raising a […]

Sharpening a Knife with No Sharpener

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Having a knife available at all times is handy for unforeseen chores and other small emergencies.  That’s why I keep two.  But if the knife is dull, it is not only useless, but can be dangerous.  You have more risk of cutting yourself if your knife is dull.  You can carry a knife sharpener too, but what if you don’t have one available?  Here is a way to sharpen your knife without one. […]

Stay Cool: 4 Tips to Help Renters Beat the Heat This Summer

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Summer officially starts this year on June 2017.  But to many of us who live in warmer climates, it started weeks ago.  If you have air conditioning, you can easily stay cool.  But if you don’t have a/c or want to cut down on utility bills, you can still find free or cheap ways to stay cool. My latest post at the Allstate Blog gives these tips.  Check out Stay Cool:  4 Tips […]

4 Smartphone Apps for Personal Safety and Home Security

Written by Maile Timon Home and personal safety are very important. Protecting yourself and your loved ones is always a major priority. Did you know, however, you have one of the best tools for personal safety right at your fingertips? Your smartphone can help you call for help, find your way when you’re lost, or act as a flashlight when you can’t see in the dark. In addition to the pre-installed applications, there are a number of useful apps that […]

How To Make A Survival Bow

Editor’s note:  This is the third in a series of outdoor skills posts.  Last month we looked at learning about fishing; before that, we covered getting started with hunting.  This month, also about hunting, but we are taking a closer look at using a bow. How To Make A Survival Bow by Kevin Steffey Disaster preparedness is a very, very broad subject. In all honesty it’s incredibly difficult for most folks to collect all the supplies they’d need to be […]

How to Get your Apartment Ready for Hurricane Season

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Hurricane season begins June 1st, and lasts until November 30th, with the peak between August and October.  This year is predicted to be an active one:  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts: 11 to 17 named storms five to nine are projected to strengthen to hurricane status two to four are predicted to become major hurricanes.  As long time readers know, I started this blog soon after I experienced Hurricane Ike, […]

Money Mondays: When You Don’t Have Time to Cook

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the biggest reasons people give as to why they don’t cook at home is, “I don’t have enough time.”  I can certainly relate.  I work full time, and write this blog after hours.  After a busy day at work, it is really hard to get motivated to do anything, much less cook a dish that takes a long time to make.  But the family still has to eat dinner and eating […]

Make Your Own Waterproof Matches

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We recently stocked up on matches from the Dollar Tree- we got 16 boxes for just $1.  I thought it would be a good idea to make some of them waterproof. Why would you need waterproof matches? Fire is necessary for survival, for warmth and as a way to cook food.  In case of flooding or even extreme humidity, matches can get wet and you will be unable to use them.  They also […]

Money Mondays: 10 Tips to Help When You’re Too Broke to Prep

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A lot of people worry about not being prepared for emergencies yet feel they cannot get started because they are short on funds.  They could be facing unemployment, are on a fixed income or are in a lot of debt.  However, not getting started will just make things worse when there is a true emergency. Here are some tips that might help: Start small.  It is easy to get overwhelmed and feel like […]

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